By Eliot Schickler

eschickler@bcnnew.com

Total domination defined the Staples girls lacrosse team Saturday.

Staples had its way against Norwalk from the opening draw to the final whistle in a 20-3 home victory in raising its record to 2-0. Norwalk dropped to 0-2.

"Thrilled," said Lady Wreckers Coach Cathy Schager in describing how she felt about her team's performance. "We talked about how we needed to dominate and win 50-50 balls and be in control on offense and defense when we were settled."

Only 31 seconds into the game, junior Maeve Flaherty gave Staples a 1-0 lead off a pass from senior quad-captain Nikki Seo.

"It set the tone for the game," Flaherty said.

The Lady Wreckers increased doubled their lead 18 seconds later with senior quad-captain Elizabeth Driscoll scoring off a feed from Flaherty. Staples carried the momentum and kept the ball in the Lady Bears' defensive end for almost the entire first half in building up a 13-0 halftime lead.

Seo led the offense with six goals and three assists. She also had a positive turnover and an interception.

"Everyone was excited and we communicated well," Seo said. "I stayed in the game and I waited a second before shooting. It didn't work every time."

Norwalk junior goalie Megan Carney made 22 saves and if it weren't for her strong play in net, the Lady Wreckers would have won by an even wider margin. Carney made a couple of saves from point-blank range on Seo, who had 12 shots on net.

"She's a good goalie," said Seo on Carney.

It was Seo's 18th birthday but she didn't credit her special day for her performance.

"It's more of a first home-game high," Seo said. "We wanted to stay consistent."

Flaherty (four goals, two assists, three ground balls, five draw controls) was also productive on offense and attacked at will.

"My teammates set me up very well," Flaherty said. "Our offensive ball movement was key in our scoring."

Staples had an 18-0 lead when the Lady Bears tallied their first score. Norwalk junior Christina Mace scored on an 8-meter shot with 8:47 remaining in the game to make it 18-1.

Junior Jessie Ambrose (two goals, three assists, five draw controls) was an offensive force.

"Our big keys [to victory were] spreading out [on offense], connecting in transition and finishing well," Ambrose said. "My teammates trusted each other and they were able to hit me when I got open."

Although Carney was sharp in net, the Lady Wreckers made it hard for her and her teammates to clear it. Ambrose had an interception off a clear and converted it into a goal.

"Everyone was locked in transition, they threw to my girl and I was able to get the ball," Ambrose said.

Being instrumental in draw controls was junior Ali Crofts, who won five to go with one goal.

Driscoll had two goals and an assist. Juniors Adele Mackey (two goals) and Remy Nolan (one goal) and sophomores Ryan Kirschner (one goal two assists) and Sami Bautista (one goal) also scored for Staples. Senior Margot Colwell and sophomore Shelby Phares each had an assist.

Senior quad-captain goalie Penny Tsilfides made five saves. Classmates Ella Hirten and Sam Hardy contained Norwalk's attack and kept the ball out of harm's way for the most part.